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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling BockYuengling Bock

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009)
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Photo of giblet


3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours perfect dark copper with half inch head and steady carbonation. good lacing down the glass. smells good of sweet roasted malts. taste is light and clean but not as full as i hopped. overall a decent bock. granted i am not as much a sweets person.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:59:34 | More by giblet
Photo of kbutler1


2.15/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. No idea where or when I acquired this gem. Pours a clear, medium colored copper color with a thick fluffy light tan head. Vegetable mixed with caramel nose. Medium mouthfeel. The vegetable I smell and taste is tomato. I sorta has a stewed tomato taste...weird. The aroma and taste are not good but the look is awesome, great lacing and head retention just too bad the rest of this didn’t come together.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:05:55 | More by kbutler1
Photo of scottyg354


3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, tastes pretty similar to Yuengling's other offerings. Smooth and refreshing. In my honest opinion it tastes identical to Black and Tan, maybe with a few little differences. It is definetely a refreshing beer and could possibly work as a session drinker. If I wasn't born and raised a PA Coal Crack I would probably not even review yuengling, but since I grew up with these guys I have no other choice than to let me pride show.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 03:58:40 | More by scottyg354
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolate in color with about an inch of tan head and a bit of lacing. Smells slightly smoky, nutty, and malty.

Taste is malty and nutty, sim at to the smell. Finishes slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is good and well balanced. Overall, a decent brew. Nothing outstanding but it's solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:19:55 | More by Treyliff
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pilsner glass resulting in a good two finger head of dense foam and wonderful clinging lace. Some of the best lace I have seen in a long time. The color is a 29 in the SRM beer color chart. Smell is that of roasted barley, burnt corn husks, peat moss, rich coca, and dark brewed coffee. The initial taste is slightly sweet with a lingering of honey. Rich roasted barley follows and the finish is a tinge of hops. Mouthfeel is grand and full, lots of creamy coating and fullness. Overall it is a beer I would buy again, and drink while watching a good movie.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 18:07:49 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear deep aged copper with a off white bubbly head building about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates fast and leaves some lacing on the glass.
The smell is a mild caramel and bread flavor. Not to much there.
Tasting the beer, up front there is a fruity character, like pea, mixed with a lot of malty flavors. In the middle there are some earthy hops, which bring grassy nutty notes into the beer. The finish is all caramel.
A medium to light bodied beer, very drinkable, but rather plain.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:27:16 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Totowa since I have never reviewed a beer from Yuengling on here. Of course, the bottle shows a goat drinking this beer, which means that it must be good enough for humans to drink, right?

Sure enough, it is...but that's still not saying much. Yes, it has the dark pour and thin mouthfeel that Bock's are known for. There were notes of caramel, nut, and pumpernickel here that faded into a slightly metallic and nutty backside that was just a bit hoppy. That's about all this beer offered. It wasn't perfectly clear as there was a bit of haze when this was held up to the light but this was so thin that the head and lacing were practically nowhere to be seen.

Session beers don't get much more obvious than this. There's a mild roasted presence to this with just a hint of alcohol in the taste but like the flagship beer in this brewer's lineup, this is mediocre at best. Only seek this out if you're desperate for a Bock and it's not the sign of the goat on your astrological calender.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 06:31:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of crossovert


1.68/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz twist off.

It pours a rootbeer brown/amber with a really gawky looking head.

Smells like water with some caramel and a smack of nuts.

Mouthfeel is really watery, taste is of metal. There is some sweetness too. It has an okay bitterness on the back end.

It doesn't taste like a bock though.

This is like a malt liquor.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:27:25 | More by crossovert
Photo of airforbes1

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found individual bottles on sale for $2 apiece, so I figured it was worth giving this a try.

It's a pretty beer, with a dark orange-red color that almost appears to be brown. The aroma is interesting as I smell generic macro (OK, I admit Yuengling isn't a "macro" brewery) graininess but I also smell some hops. I'm interested to find out what the beer actually tastes like.

I soon discover I don't taste a lot of graininess or hoppiness. Instead, I get some fruitiness, perhaps some apple or pear. It vaguely, VAGUELY reminds me of Anchor Steam Beer, except it's rougher, without a balancing hoppy finish.

This is yet another Yuengling offering I wouldn't seek out again but wouldn't decline of offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:46:11 | More by airforbes1
Photo of WanderingFool


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yuengling Bock pours a clear dark copper with a small head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with caramel, nuts and bready notes.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is slick and dry with moderate carbonation. The taste is malty with flavors of caramel and bread. Mixed in are nuts and grassy hops. Finishes mildly bitter with a lingering caramel flavor.

An easy drinking bock that's well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 22:57:45 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of tjsmith910


1.75/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Though I am a fan of Yuengling and their other products, this one will never be tried by me again.

Taste - bitter and it left a biting after taste

Mouth feel - rough going down, yet I finished it to give it the benefit of a doubt

Appearance - Beautiful color and the pour left a nice 2 finger head which diminished in about 2 minutes

Overall - The one Yuengling I will never again try unless convinced other wise

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:18:56 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of keeganfrank


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown beer with a bubbly tan head. Earthy aroma with some burnt, grassy notes. Nice citrus hop flavor on the tip of the tongue followed by roasted coffee and sweet breadiness. Aftertaste of sweet caramel. Feels a little watery, but overall a pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 18:56:40 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, clear brown with a thin tan head that fades very quickly.

Smell - Malty, sugar, and nuts.

Taste - Barley, malts, and nuts again.

Drinkability - Mild carbonation, a touch gritty in the mouth, very mild.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 07:01:14 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Pharkle


3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean tasting bock with grainy sweet flavors of of bread and toast, and an appropriate amount of hop bitterness. Not much hops beyond bittering. A little thin in body and weak in alcohol for the style, but nice clean flavors of rich grains make this an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:34:58 | More by Pharkle
Photo of shand


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown color with a tiny head that diffuses quickly. Aroma is standard, some sweeter dark malts is really all that's here. Doesn't smell bad though. And it doesn't taste bad either. This is just a pretty simple bock that tastes pretty good. It's a touch watery at the start, but comes through with a roasty kick at the end. Reminds me of an amped-up version of their lager in taste profile, actually. Nothing mindblowing, but perfectly serviceable and cheap. The mouthfeel is decently carbonated and has a nice dryness to it, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall a pretty good offering from Yuengling that's quite cheap ... if this were easier to find during the distribution period I would have bought a lot of it, but I only just found it at Total Wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 21:32:26 | More by shand
Photo of rootbeerman


3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown with a inital finger of head which settled to a thin layer. Head seems a bit fizzy.
S: sweet and toasty, a bit like candied nuts.
T/M: very fizzy, again goes along with the smell, nutty, toasty and lightly sweet. It is rather light on the palate.
O: very simple Bock nothing to weird or out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 09:36:47 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Brown/amber with OK white head, leaves a little lacing

Smell: Smells like sweat and old wet cardboard, bready malt in there too

Taste: Old cardboard, bready malt, some fruityness. Cardboard flavor starts to go away as it warms, and reveals more sweetness

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, medium to light body

Overall: Highly disappointing. I don't expect world class beer from Yuengling, but I expect something decent, especially considering I like the porter and lager. Didn't expect something that is reminicent of old wet cardboard! Love the packaging, but I'm wondering if this might have gone bad in the short amount of time it has been on the shelves? Wish I could have had a single bottle instead of a whole six pack. Might have to try cooking with it or something.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:12:34 | More by MadCat
Photo of bigrzman


3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out of 12 oz bottle a brown red color like Coca Cola with a pure white head which disappears rapidly. Carbonation is minimal like a Bock should be, so far it looks like a Bock. Smells include Munich malt sweetness and an earthy overtone, not bad. Tastes like sweet and roasted Munich malts, some corn adjunct, and earthy hops so they used a Tettnanger or Liberty style hops good job except the corn overtone! Drinkability is high, and this is goes down easy. For all accounts and purposes this is the best in what i would call American Style Bock. It hearkens back to a German beer with an American twist. This is a good interpretation!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 18:27:11 | More by bigrzman
Photo of Arknot


2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I was still new to beer my favorite style was the Bock. It had a medium body, taste, and low hops, giving it a nice rounded sweetness and easy drinkability. I'd heard Yuengling sometimes made a Bock and I've been excited about finding it for years until a few days ago when I finally came across it in person.

First impression is cool retro bottle, cheap price, easy twist off, and old american brewery! Upon pouring into a pint glass I see the clear medium-dark amber color as well as very harsh carbonation with loud bubbles and a very short lasting head.

Smell is hardly noticeable, with a slight malty dryness.

Taste is harsh carbonation with dry malty backbone. The finish is slighty dry/bitter yet not at all hoppy. I'm feeling a soapy/chemical aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and overly carbonated, it actually burns somewhat like drinking a soda.

Overall I have to say pass on this beer. I'm glad I only bought a single of it. Taste is bland/harsh and completely uneventful. While some boring beers are at least have a place in this world (macro lager on a hot summer day), this boring beer leaves your mouth somewhat annoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:43:47 | More by Arknot
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Yuengling Biergarten in Tampa

A - It pours a few shades short of a cola-brown hue, and is capped with a fizzy and surprisingly persistent off-white head.

S - The nose is just basically a hint of sweet malt and a hint of cascade (?), with some mineral water thrown in for good measure.

T - The flavor is surprisingly good; it is not hugely rich or complex, but it offers two notes and they are both working. The malt sweetness is just right; a sublime balance between sweet, caramelized and grainy has been achieved, and the hop contribution (lemon zest, woodyness) is readily discernible despite its relatively mild level of presence.

M - Nothing silky or expansively creamy here, but it is not bad. Medium-light in body, softly carbonated.

O - This is a very decent offering. It seems better on-tap than I recall it being in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 12:45:34 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my brother in law gave me one of these while we watched the sabres playoffs against philly. 12 oz. twist off bottle around fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a clear brown color with some red rubiness in the light. one finger of off white head that settled rather quickly to a ring and some patchy foam. no real lace to speak of.

a sweet grainy malty aroma, maybe some fruitiness. some mineral lager yeast. not a whole lot of aroma to speak of.

again, sweet grains at the forefront, some fruits, hints of caramel, sulfer mineral lager yeast, and maybe some tea like herbal hop qualities with a little bitterness.

medium bodied, assertive carbonation, finishes rather dry.

overall: kind of what i expected from this brewery, i respect it for its rich history, but not something i would buy. reminds me in many ways of gennesee bock beer

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 22:47:51 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of chodinheaven


2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, deep, mahagoney color with a bubbly pure white head. Smell is reminiscent of an adjunct lager, which does not bode well for this beer. Maybe some caramel-like malts in there as well.

Taste is lacking a bit. Some caramel malts come through, not a hint of hops, amd just the slightest hint of booze in the finish. The taste itself isn't actually so bad, but combined with an unpleasant smell and a weak, but too-highly carbonated mouthfeel, the taste and beer take a hit. Not a terrible beer, but I probably wouldn't be drinking it again anytime soon. Not sitting very well with me.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:29:44 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite Yuengling release. I'm glad they brought it back from retirement. The first time I had this beer was at the Outback Steakhouse and they had advertisements for it on the tables and it shocked me to see that Yuengling was taking part in a seasonal release. I ordered one right away. It came with a nice tan head capping off a smooth looking brown body. The aroma of malts were the strong point of this brew. It's not the best Bock out there but I just thought it was awesome that they put this out to compete with all the other seasonals out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 04:40:55 | More by Knapp85
Photo of chcfan


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The goat on the bottle is drinking it out of a chalice, so I went with that.

On the darker end of amber-brown in color.

Little bit of a berry-like sweetness in the aroma.

Not a lot going on in the taste department, but it goes down very easily.

All in all a pretty solid bock offering from Yuengling.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:40:10 | More by chcfan
Photo of elgiacomo


4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Jan 13, 2011.

Pours clear reddish-copper with a two finger off white head that dissipates to a wispy cap but leaves some rings of lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, nuts, toasted bread, light grain, bit of hops and dark fruit. Good strength.

Flavor is caramel malt with moderate sweetness, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, toast, a hint of raisins, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, good carbonation.

Haven't had a Dunkler Bock before, and few other Bock styles, but I'm quite enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:59:11 | More by elgiacomo
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